My mom loved this little pearl of wisdom and I try to apply this every single day. Words cannot express how much I miss her now that she is gone. As strange as it sounds, one of the times that I find most difficult is when something really great happens. There was the time that my 6 year old first swam across the pool by himself. I was so proud and knew my mom (being the amazing swimmer and diver that she was) would be too. It was the first of many times I would reach for the phone, only to realize that she wouldn’t pick up if I dialed her number.
My initial reaction every time something wonderful happened was to feel empty and sad because my mom wouldn’t get to be a part of it. I wish I could say that I have stopped thinking like this for good but at least now when I feel this way, I repeat this pearl: take the best, leave the rest. I know my mom would not want me to walk through life with a forlorn spirit, I must carry on and see the joy in everything I possibly can.
This painting represents my mom, young and beautiful, in a field of wild flowers. the way I see it, you might not get to choose which variety of wild flowers grow in your field but you can decide which ones you want to pick.
Comment below and let me know how you take the best and leave the rest in your daily life and please check out my sweet sister tribute post here.